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JSR 286 Wicket Portlet Development on WebSphere Portal 6.1

Posted by Jai on April 14, 2009

We will discussion here to get started with the JSR 286 Wicket portlet development on WebSpere Portal 6.1. Wicket release 1-4-rc2 has been updated to support the JSR 286: Upgrade Wicket Portlet Support to only use native Portlet API 2.0 . And have a look at later releases Upgrade wicket to fully support portlet 2.0 for more information. It seems to work fine in case of other portal containers like Liferay as mentioned steps Portal How To.

Lets have a look how to make it work for WS Portal. We will start with setting the environment first and will try to resolve the compatibility issues. Follow the below steps:

  • Update wicket release 1.4-rc2 with patch.
  • Configure WebSphere Portal to work with wicket filter
  • Develop JSR 286 eventing system based wicket portlet
  • Configure the portlet wiring in WS Portal

Update Wicket 1-4-rc2:

Have to look at wicket latest release 1-4-rc2 does not support IBM Websphere Portal Server 6.1 to understand the problem in case of WS Portal.

To fix it, update the jar with the patch:

Configuring WebSphere Portal Server:

It seems like WebSphere doesn’t handle the servlet filters porperly and you may get this error while deploying the wicket portlets on WebSphere 6.1:  Error 404: SRVE0190E: File not found:

Setting the com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.invokefilterscompatibility” property to true in Servers > Server > Web Container Settings > Web Container > Custom Properties, may help solve the issue.

Developing JSR 286 Wicket Portlets:

We will take JSR 86 eventing system as an example to work for wicket portlets.

Lets develop two portlets say TestPortlet and TestDetailsPortlet to publish and process events and spring integration for bean management.

Update deployment descriptor web.xml:




        <filter-name>wicket.testPortlet </filter-name>


	<filter-name>wicket.testPortletDetails </filter-name>

Now configure the portlet.xml :

<portlet-app xmlns="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/portlet/portlet-app_2_0.xsd" xmlns:test="http://www.test.com/portlets/testing" ...

	<description>Test Portlet</description>
		<title>Test Portlet</title>
	<description>Test Details Portlet</description>
		<title>Test Details Portlet</title>

Note: Put the event-definition entries in the end after all the portlet entries, cross check with portlet 2 xsd for validation.

For each portlet, we will be specifying separate application class (eg. TestPortletApplication and TestDetailsPortletApplication) where each one will have different home page (eg. TestPage and TestDetailsPage).


    public class TestPortletApplication extends WebApplication {

	protected void init() {
		addComponentInstantiationListener(new SpringComponentInjector(this));

	public Class<? extends Page> getHomePage() {
		return TestPage.class;


    public class TestDetailsPortletApplication extends WebApplication {    

	protected void init() {
		addComponentInstantiationListener(new SpringComponentInjector(this));

	public Class<? extends Page> getHomePage() {
		return TestDetailsPage.class;


Lets say this wicket WebPage submits some value on selection/click. Here lets say
it submits some parameter “test_value” which we are using to set the event value.


public class TestDetailsPage extends WebPage {

 @SpringBean(name = "testService")
 private TestService testService;
 public TestDetailsPage() {
     //Get parameter value set by the process event and use in the wicket page
     String testSelectedValue = getRequest().getParameter("test_selected_value");
     //Do whatever you need to do, find or store.



Update TestPortlet to publish the event:

public class TestPortlet extends WicketPortlet {

 public void processAction(ActionRequest request, ActionResponse response) throws PortletException, IOException {
        super.processAction(request, response);
        //set the event and value, here we are getting value from request and setting as event value.
        QName name = new QName("http://www.test.com/portlets/testing","test_selected");
        response.setEvent(name, request.getParameter(“test_value”));

Qname is same which you mentioned in the portlet definition file for the test-selected event. And “test_value” is the parameter value which you want to pass to this event. Here in this example we will use only string values to pass otherwise it can be any serialized object.

Update TestDetailsPortlet to procees the event:

public class TestPortlet extends WicketPortlet {

 @ProcessEvent(qname = "{http://www.test.com/portlets/testing}test_selected")
 public void processTestSelectedEvent(EventRequest request, EventResponse response) throws PortletException, IOException {
       //Do whatever you want to do with the event handling part.
       response.setRenderParameter("test_selected_value", request.getEvent().getValue().toString());

Configuring Portlet Wiring:

Once you are done with the deployment, you need to wire the two portlet otherwise you will get the error:

“EJPKB0991E: The propertybroker encountered a problem finding a communication source with name…”.

Have a look at Using portlet wires for WS Portal 6.1.

To access the wiring Tool portlet, proceed as follows:
1.Access the Manage Pages portlet.
2.Locate the page for which you want to add wires.
3.Click the Edit Page Layout icon for that page. This takes you to the Edit Layout panel.
4.Click the Wires tab. You can now start working with wires.

The same example of Developing Inter Portlet communication (IPC) portlets can be achieved using the JSR 268 Public Render Parameters also but this example demonstrates how it works using the JSR 268 eventing support.

Hope this will help you to get things started on WebSphere Portal. Feel free to share your experiences and lets hope it gets fixed either by Wicket or IBM in future.


8 Responses to “JSR 286 Wicket Portlet Development on WebSphere Portal 6.1”

  1. Andy said

    Has anyone had luck with this?

    I gave the ‘com.ibm.ws.webcontainer.invokefilterscompatibility’ property a try and I didn’t have much luck with getting the Wicket app to serve up a page.

    I’ve gone as far as only deploying a basic ‘Hello World’ Wicket (wicket-1.4-rc2.jar built with patch2.txt) WAR to a plain WAS 6.1.0 instance (not WebSphere Portal) – but the only result I get is Error 404: SRVE0190E: File not found.

    The property doesn’t seem to have any effect at all – I get the SRVE0190E error when it was set to ‘true’, ‘false’ and missing altogether (restarting the server each time)

    It seemed to load ok:

    [FilterProxyServlet]: Initialization successful.

    but it just didn’t run.

    • Tenzing Wangdi said

      I had the same issues. I updated the WAS to and set the web container properties as above. I also replaced all rc-wicket libraries with latest release 1.4. Threw out the spring annotation and all runs. well. Thanks Jaibeer for the example.

  2. Jai said

    Hi Andy,

    I have uploaded the sample project (RAD 7.5 project on WS Portal 6.1 and wicket, spring etc. ).


    The portal-wicket folder contains three files.

    JSR286WicketWSP61-src-full.zip : source code including patched wicket jar files
    JSR286WicketWSP61-src-no-jars.zip : source code with out jar files
    JSR286WicketWSP61.war : war file, try to directly deploy it. After deploying, wire the portlets.

    It is working fine in RAD environment. But if you still face any issues, have a look at https://jaibeermalik.wordpress.com/2009/05/04/wicket-portlet-development-on-websphere-portal-lessons-learnt/ for jar related issues and exceptions.


    Hi Jaibeer,

    I’ve been reading your blog entry about JSR 286 Wicket Portlet Development on WebSphere Portal 6.1 with great interest. We are currently investigating Portal and I’m hoping to be able to use Wicket as the web framework instead of JSF.

    I’m using the patched wicket-1.4-rc2 jar described in your blog, but I believe I’m encountering the issue described here:



    [6/2/09 10:24:10:382 EDT] 0000002c WebApp E [Servlet Error]-[Filter [wicket.testDetailsPortlet]: filter is unavailable.]: java.lang.NullPointerException
    at org.apache.wicket.protocol.http.portlet.PortletServletResponseWrapper.sendRedirect(PortletServletResponseWrapper.java:160)
    at org.apache.wicket.protocol.http.WicketFilter.doGet(WicketFilter.java:377)

    So I was curious about how you configured a wicket application – your blog entry sketches out your approach, but not all details are included.

    Personally, I find that I can’t get the Wicket filter to be recognized at all unless I include a servlet in the web.xml:



    Even if it is never used.

    Would you happen to have a really simple portlet project that displays a Wicket Hello World in a portlet? Or better yet, the full source for the examples you provided in your blog post.

    Thanks for your time,


  3. siddhartha said

    Hi Jaibir,

    I am trying to pass a parameter from a portlet to a wicket can you please tell how to pass it on to the wicket with a short snippet.


  4. Suman said

    Hey Jai,

    Need one help from you. I want to get the styles used by Themes css in my flex based portlets. Actually I am having a requirement of something like this:
    1) If User 1 has a role 1 – portlet should show styles taken from Theme 1
    2) If User 1 has a role 2 – portlet should show styles taken from Theme 2

    Any idea how should I proceed. Is there something called flex based themes?

    Thanks in advance


  5. VISHNU said

    In my application IPC does not work, if I include hx:fileUpload (from IBM JSF API) component. But when I remove the component, it works fine. Any work around is possible with out removing the component ???

    For URL mapping also its the same issue, but I have managed to use it with ActionResponse sendRedirect() and FacesContext reponseComplete.

  6. babadie said

    Hi Jai,

    I’m working on creating wicket portlets and integration in IBM Portal. Your post is very interesting. But i need sources and the link (http://www.mediafire.com/jaibeermalik) is not working anymore. Can you upload again the project.


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